Yale has five $25,000 entrepreneurship prizes that share a single application. These prizes are designed to generate world-changing ideas from Yale students around health, education, environment, equality, sustainability and technology.
Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education: This $25,000 cash prize is awarded by InnovateHealth Yale to the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education.
Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize: The Sabin Prize, managed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, awards a $25,000 cash prize to students and/or faculty with the best ideas for products, services, projects, or programs that advance a more sustainable way of life.
Miller Prize: This $25,000 cash prize is awarded by the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale to the best student-led venture with a tech or tech-enabled service startup.
Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation: This $25,000 cash prize is awarded by InnovateHealth Yale with the support of the Aetna Foundation to the best student-led venture focused a technology solution to address a health disparity challenge.
Rothberg Calatalyzer Prize @ Yale: This $25,000 cash prize is awarded by the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking to the best student-led venture focused on developing an innovative hardware solution to a medical challenge.
Finalists for all five prizes will pitch before panels of expert judges at Startup Yale, a major entrepreneurship event held April 16-20, 2018 at the Yale School of Management and other locations on campus. Winners of all fives prizes all receive automatic acceptance into the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale Summer Fellowship, a 2-month summer bootcamp for accelerating ventures that includes $15,000 in funding, mentorship, pitching opportunities, training, and community-building events.
For each of the five prizes, audience members will be invited to vote for their favorite team. The chosen team from each set of finalists will win an Audience Choice Prize of $1000.
MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training) will award the $1500 MIINT Prize to the most investable idea at Startup Yale. Representatives from MIINT will attend all pitches, and award the chosen team at the awards ceremony on Friday.